Student-led organization wants to increase racial diversity in schools

Hampden County

A  student-led organization is working to create racial diversity and inclusion at Holyoke High School. 

Throughout this past year, the Pa’Lante Restorative Justice Program researched the history of communities of color represented in their school. 

To create more inclusion and diversity, Pa’Lante created Paper City Hidden Legends, a permanent exhibit featuring local activists, organizers, and leaders of color. 

Romero Sigle, a member of the organization told 22News the Hidden Legends exhibit creates representation for students of color in Holyoke. 

“So they can be seen as successful people, who can take on the world and change the world. So that they know this has been done by students that have been asking for change. so they feel like they have the power to do what they want to do and make the changes they want to see,” Sigle said.

Each year, the organization creates a project to address a social justice issue in their community.

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